With people spending the majority of their time at work, people need to feel more "comfortable" about discussing mental health in the workplace and this change needs to come from the top, CEO of City Mental Health Alliance, Poppy Jaman, has argued on Time to Talk Day.
One person who found social media to be beneficial for mental health was Clive Buckenham, 50, who made a decision to share his experiences of depression with his family and friends online. Two-thirds (66 percent) report they have personally experienced challenges, while 85 percent say someone close to them such as a family member, close friend or colleague had experienced them.
It's "Time to Talk Day" - and for those questioning why we need a day encouraging conversation IRL (in real life), the answer is clear: more than half of Brits say social media updates mean they don't talk to friends in person.
According its research past year, 77% of business leaders said that their own mental health has impacted their performance at work and only 47% of said their colleagues would feel comfortable talking about mental health in the workplace. "To enable this, mental health needs to be a boardroom agenda and leaders and managers need to have training to equip them with the skills to spot early warning signs of mental ill-health and the confidence to talk about these issues". The data also shows that mental health issues have overtaken all other areas of traditional concern for employees, including: work stress, relationships, and general health issues. At Accenture, we have always been working to foster a culture that focuses on mental health awareness and preventive strategies, where conversations around mental health are normalised.
The foundation of our mental health programme is a holistic health and wellbeing offering which includes a free confidential counselling service available 24/7, direct access to accredited counsellors and a professionally-monitored, anonymous online community. Every team in the WHL receives specific training on suicide prevention and each team is also linked to a CMHA Mental Health Coach, who helps provide support and mental health resources to individuals in need.
This reinforces the council's commitment to improve workforce health and welling.
Suicide remains the biggest killer of men under the age of 50, and it is expected that one in four people in the United Kingdom will have to deal with mental health problems in any given year. Which is better for them - and makes for a thriving and successful business.